Environmental Innovation

Across America, businesses both large and small are developing new ideas, inventing new technologies, and changing the way they interact with the environment. BCLC’s Environmental Innovation Network seeks to advance companies leading this trend and connect private sector, public sector, and NGO leaders towards more effective collaboration. 

 

Bricks and Sticks Sustainability Symposium

 

 

 

From April 16 - 17, BCLC will be convening the Bricks and Sticks Sustainability Symposium. The event will bring together thought leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to discuss how public/private partnerships and other tools can help communities and regions acheive economic and environmental goals. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear best practices from experts from companies like General Motors, Veolia Water, and Entergy. The Symposium will also feature breakout sessions that focus on community challenges according to geography and issues like water use, energy efficiency, and mobility where attendees can make connections and propose solutions to crucial environmental and economic challenges.

For more information on the Symposium, including a list of confirmed speakers and panel topics, please visit here

 

IN THE NEWS

 

April 2nd: European Industry Flocks to United States to Take Advantage of Cheaper Gas, via The Washington Post

 

March 26th: Disney, Microsoft, and Shell Opt for Self-Imposed Carbon Taxes, via The Guardian

 

March 26th: Petrobras, Brazil's Oil Giant, Struggles to Regain Lost Swagger, via The New York Times

 

March 22nd: Yes, Conservatives can be Environmentalists, Here's How, via The Washington Post

 

March 20th: Top Cities with the Most ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings in 2012, via ENERGY STAR

 

March 19th: FedEx Delivers Bigger Fuel Efficiency Targets, via GreenBiz

 

March 18th: This 17 Year-Old Built An Algae Biofuel Lab Under Her Bed, via Fast Company

 

March 16th: Cars in the U.S. Are More Fuel Efficient than Ever, Heres Why, via The Washington Post

 

March 11th: Designing Wealth: The Missing Piece in the Sustainability Puzzle, via GOOD

 

February 12th: State of Green Business Report, via GreenBiz

 

 

Corporate Sustainability Ratings & Rankings

 

2012 - 2013 Climate Counts Annual Company Scorecard Report

 

 2012 Newsweek Green Rankings

 

2012 CDP Leadership Indexes

 

The Dow Jones SAM Sustainability Yearbook 2012

 

 

2012  ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

 

The Environmental Innovation Network has made significant progress towards its dual goals of promoting business leadership around environmental issues and facilitating collaboration between small & large businesses, as well as the public and NGO sectors:

  •  Hosted the Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Working Meeting on July 18th (see below), which brought together 80+ private sector, public sector, and NGO leaders to discuss the best ways to promote private sector solutions to environmental challenges.

  • Released the Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Report, which featured thought leaders from IBM, the Carbon War Room, Intel and other companies and organizations.

  • Convened a strategic planning meeting on September 24th to discuss how to advance regional resiliency around the U.S. 25+ attended the meeting.

  • Revamped the Environmental Innovation Map, implementing a detailed process for project selection and increasing to over 100 projects featured. ADD LINK

  • Expanded the Environmental Help Desk for Business, which now features more examples of environmental innovations and sector guides for small and medium sized businesses. 

 

THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION Working Meeting

 

On July 18th, 2012 BCLC convened a high level meeting to explore how to advance the role of business in environmental innovation. The event featured such prominent thought leaders as David Bartlett from IBM and Nancy Gillis from the General Services Adminstration to discuss how to make progress towards more sustainable supply chains, where businesses can make the largest positive environmental impacts, and ways businesses, non-profit groups, and government agencies can work more efficiently together. More photos from the event can be found here

 

 

The Role of business in environmental innovation Report

 

On July 18th, 2012 BCLC released The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation Report. The Report explores some of the most important trends facing businesses around environmental issues such as the American shale gas revolution and the movement towards a smarter built environment. The Report also features case studies from environmental leaders such as Prudential, MGM International, and Xilinx. 

 

 

For more information about the Report and to access the pdf version, please visit this link.

 

 

Key Issues

BCLC uses resources such as the Environmental  Innovation Map and the Environmental Help Desk for Business and services such as monthly conference calls and annual working meetings to make progress on:

  • Advancing R&D and Product and Technology Innovations for Environmental Progress
  • Stimulating Local, Regional, and National Green Market Development
  • Sharing Financial Service and Project Investment Tools for Environmental R&D
  • Identification and Advancement of Business Resource Management Practices
  • Cultivating Awareness of Green Supply Chain Opportunities
  • Capturing Lessons Learned and Best Practices in Promoting Environmental Innovation

 

 

Events

 

INitiatives

The Environmental Innovation Network is driven by a group of businesses who are leaders in their fields and in the overall advancement of strategic sustainability.

The Environmental Help Desk for Business is a resource to help America’s small and medium-sized businesses understand green supply chain requirements, green business certifications, and innovations that can save money while reducing environmental impacts. Discover what the Help Desk can do for you.

The Environmental  Innovation Map represents creative and innovative business solutions to environmental challenges. The Map showcases projects that deviate from standard practices and could potentially have a revolutionsary, game-changing impact. To learn more about what businesses are doing please visit the Map.

 

Working Group Members

BCLC's Environmental Innovation Network is comprised of global companies across multiple sectors who are leaders in the practice of responsible environmental stewardship. 

 

Underwriters

  • Intel Corporation
  • Prudential
  • Shell Oil Company

Supporters

  • Abbott
  • Accenture Foundation
  • Alcoa
  • Allstate
  • Altria
  • Bank of America
  • Daimler
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Entergy Corporation
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • FedEx
  • IBM Corporation
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Mattel
  • MGM Resorts International
  • Motorola Mobility Foundation
  • NorthWestern Energy
  • Pepco Holdings, Inc.
  • PwC
  • Toyota
  • TXU Energy
  • United Technologies Corporation
  • UPS
  • URS
  • Wellpoint
  • Xerox Corporation
  • Xilinx

BCLC Lead

Chris Ryan (email, @ChrisRyan_87) coordinates the Environmental Innovation Network. In this role, he is responsible for building awareness about best practices regarding environmental issues and facilitating collaboration between the public, private, and non-government sectors. Chris is also responsible for implementation of BCLC's annual Sustainable Community Awards, underwritten by Siemens. Chris can be reached at (202) 463-5714.

How Siemens Became a Crucial Player in Urban Sustainability

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Sustainability has unquestionably emerged as a mega-trend in the United States, fundamentally affecting how companies plan for the future, what products and services they provide, and how they relate to their consumers and other stakeholders. Long seen as an issue of tangential concern, sustainability – still a term with multiple definitions, but generally meaning a focus on reducing waste, increasing efficiency, and the overall strategy of marrying environmental stewardship with economic growth - has become an issue of strategic importance.

If You’re Going Green Why Not Build in Resilience?

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Are green building and resilience synonymous?  No but they are related.  Bill Lascher’s article in the Pacific Standard got it right.  Why build or rebuild with green building technology and materials without building or rebuilding to reflect the risks and vulnerabilities of the area in which the structure is located.  As the article indicates, Degenkolb, the nation’s oldest and largest earthquake engineering firm, understands the connection between green building and resilience and is doing something about it.  Through its corporate social responsibility-driven Envisa software too

If you are going green why not build in resilience? Environmental consciousness and risk management can pay off


Are green building and resilience synonymous?  No but they are related.  Bill Lascher’s article in the Pacific Standard got it right.  Why build or rebuild with green building technology and materials without building or rebuilding to reflect the risks and vulnerabilities of the area in which the structure is located.  As the article indicates, Degenkolb, the nation’s oldest and largest earthquake engineering firm, understands the connection between green building and resilience and is doing something about it.  Through its corporate social responsibility-driven Envisa software too

The Role of Business in Environmental Innovation

You were at the forefront of sustainability, spearheading progress and saving your company money and minimizing waste. Now your company is a leader in environmental innovation. You are ready to move past conservative risk-avoidance to the creation of bold business solutions that have sustainable benefits for business and communities that will effect generations to come.

Business Civic Leadership Center and Green Plus Launch Environmental Help Desk for Small Businesses & Local Chambers


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the Institute for Sustainable Development’s Green Plus™ program today announced the creation of an online help desk to assist U.S. small and medium-sized enterprises with environmental business issues.  The Environmental Help Desk for Business, launched to coincide with Earth Day 2012, will provide clear, accessible advice on green supply chain requirements, green business certifications, and environmental innovations that can reduce both cost and environmental impact.

New Sustainability Tool Helps Small Businesses Lead a Revolution

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It is hard not to be optimistic about the future of sustainability in the U.S. business sector. Ten, fifteen years ago, sustainability was a side-concern, a box that often was checked with a glitzy ad campaign. Now, sustainability is a crucial competitive advantage that businesses want to incorporate into their core strategies. Why? Sustainability is a catalyst for minimizing waste, saving money, and inventing new goods and services.

Chicago, Santa Monica, and Purcellville Named 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Award Winners

Chicago, Illinois; Santa Monica, California; and Purcellville, Virginia are the winners of the 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards.

Moments of Truth Along the Sustainability Path

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Do you remember the dialogue around sustainable business practices in the 1980s?

OK, that's a trick question – sustainable business wasn’t much of a public business discussion in the 1980s; it certainly wasn’t mainstream the way it is today. But that didn’t stop Ray Anderson.

Sin City Convenes for Green

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In a city where your luck can change in an instant, there are few things that are a sure bet. Except sustainability, that is. Las Vegas, a finalist for the 2012 Siemens Sustainability Community Awards, has embraced long-term sustainable initiatives to make the city more economically, socially and environmentally friendly—and their investment is paying off in spades.

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